Building Windows 8 Apps with C# and XAML / Edition 1

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Overview

Build Exceptionally Immersive and Responsive Touch-Based Windows 8 and Windows Store Apps with C# and XAML

This is the most complete and practical guide to building breakthrough applications for the Windows Store that run on Windows 8. Microsoft "MVP of the Year” Jeremy Likness helps you combine your existing developer skills with new Visual Studio 2012 tools and best practices to create apps that are intuitive and innovative. His guidance and insight will help you dive into Windows 8 development—and gain a powerful competitive advantage for years to come.

Likness illuminates the entire apps lifecycle, from planning and MVVM-based design through coding, testing, packaging, and deployment. He covers both business and consumer apps, showing exactly how Windows 8/WinRT development builds upon and contrasts with older WPF and Silverlight approaches.

Using carefully crafted downloadable code examples and sample projects, Likness shows how to make the most of new platform features, including integrated social networking, search, contracts, charms, and tiles. Throughout, he addresses crucial development challenges that have only been discussed on MSDN, blog posts, and Twitter feeds—and never with this depth and clarity before.
Coverage includes

• Mastering real-world Windows 8 development for all devices and form factors
• Understanding the new WinRT framework and the unique characteristics of Windows 8 apps
• Designing apps that are faster, more responsive, do more with less, and maximize battery life
• Creating exceptionally fluid interfaces with VS 2012 templates, built-in animations, and XAML
• Building apps that respond consistently to multiple forms of input, including complex touch manipulations
• Using contracts and charms to expose services or enable users to do so
• Providing information to users through Live Tiles even when your app isn't running
• Connecting your app seamlessly to multiple data sources, including social networks and cloud storage
• Syndicating rich, network-based content
• Using Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM)
• Securing Windows 8 apps through authentication and authorization
• Efficiently testing, debugging, packaging, and deploying apps
• Designing Windows 8 apps to target multiple devices and form factors

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321822161
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Series: Microsoft Windows Development Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,397,602
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Likness is a principal consultant for Wintellect LLC, a three-year Microsoft MVP, and winner of Microsoft's 2010 MVP of the Year award. He has 20 years of experience developing enterprise applications in multiple industries, including 15 years building highly scalable web solutions with Microsoft technologies. He helped create the health monitoring system for the back-end data centers that provided video streaming during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Likness authored Designing Silverlight Business Applications and created Addison-Wesley's video training course Fundamentals of the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF). Jeremy regularly speaks, contributes articles, and blogs on topics of interest to the Microsoft developer community. His blog can be found at http://csharperimage.jeremylikness.com/.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

1 The New Windows Runtime
2 Getting Started
3 Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML)
4 Metro Applications
5 Application Lifecycle
6 Data
7 Tiles and Toasts
8 Giving Your Application Charm
9 MVVM and Testing
10 Packaging and Deploying

Index

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